Tuesday 29th November. Billy is fourteen weeks old today!
As usual, I’ll be listing some of the weights and measures that apply to Billy’s growth.
Or any other aspects of Billy’s development that I think other people with growing kittens might be interested in
Fourteen week old kitten behavior
In some ways Billy is quite ‘dog-like’ – for example, he carries his toys around like a puppy and takes them into the big dog bed to get to know them better
Or brings them to where I am working and lies down next to me to play.
In other ways he is very different.
He’s incredibly agile and inexhaustibly curious.
We keep accidentally shutting him in cupboards in unused rooms because as soon as he see the slightest gap in a door with a dark space behind it, he simply has to explore it.
My little shadow
I’ve been cleaning like mad since my dust mite allergy diagnosis, trying to reduce the dust to the point where I can sleep without dosing myself up with antihistamines.
It’s a big task I can tell you, as to my shame, the house has not been really thoroughly cleaned for a very long time. I’ve been giving the edges of the carpet some extra attention with my hand held cordless Dyson with the crevice tool attached.
Billy follows me around the edges of the rooms as I go. He seems to find everything I do quite fascinating – which I assure you it is not. But he is obviously easily impressed.
The only thing that distracts Billy from my side is the sound of the fridge door opening. Billy would LOVE to get in the fridge, but he can’t yet jump that high.
What do 14 week old kittens weigh?
It was also vaccination booster day today so Billy was weighed on the vet’s proper scales
The vet thought he had grown a lot and observed that unless he stops growing early, he could be going to be a very big cat.
Billy weighs just over 3 and 1/2 lbs (1.62 kg)
I thought he was pretty much ‘on track’ for a fourteen week old kitten, but there you go.
The vaccination seemed to make him feel a bit poorly for a couple of hours. And he slept a long time in his kitten cave
But later that evening he was back to his usual self.
This vet, unlike the one I saw last time, was in no hurry to see Billy neutered. And we agreed to get the deed done in late January, early February.
What do 14 week old kittens do
Billy is becoming very close friends with Tess. He now rubs the sides of his face on hers each day. Just as he does with us. To tell the world she is ‘his property’.
Meg is a source of amusement for him, because she moves around so quickly, but he doesn’t do this with her, and it’s clear that Tess is his favorite
Tess, Billy and Meg, now all happily share a basket together and it’s wonderful to see them so relaxed and friendly
The older dogs don’t play with him, he’s too spikey! Rachael probably would, but she is still too rough and keeps trying to grab him. So they can’t yet be left unsupervised together
Billy also thoroughly enjoys helping my grandchildren with their games
He felt that the mouse was a necessary addition to this particular railway track
Kitten hunting instincts
Earlier today, my son and I were both working at our laptops when there was a series of crashes from the living room.
Billy was leaping from table to window sill and back again – knocking everything in his path flying.
Apparently a large fly had come into the house, presumably to get away from the cold and was buzzing around trying to find somewhere to hibernate.
Billy was on a mission to catch it, and charged around the house like a crazy thing while we pursued him fielding ornaments and photoframes
What do 14 week old kittens eat
- 1 tin thrive for breakfast 75g
- 1 pouch of James Wellbeloved or Royal Canin Kitten Instinctive for lunch 85g
- 3/4 of 1 tray of Lily’s kitchen 75g for supper.
Plus some Royal Canin Kitten Kibble mid morning. I don’t measure it, but probably less than a couple of teaspoons
I’ll be trying out different brands, though I always introduce new food over a period of several days, beginning with just a teaspoon on the first day.
I introduced the Royal Canin pouches by mixing a tiny bit with Lily’s kitchen in the evenings to begin with.
I’m using kitten kibble as a mid morning snack/treat. I scatter it on the office floor and shut Billy in there with it, while I feed the dogs and spend some time with them.
So now there are five different ‘complete’ kitten foods that I know Billy enjoys and that don’t upset his tummy.
- Lily’s kitchen wet kitten food
- Thrive wet kitten food
- James Wellbeloved wet Kitten food
- Royal Canin wet kitten food
- Royal Canin kitten kibble.
I know a lot of people with very picky cats, and it can be quite a problem.
I’m hoping to avoid this by making sure that Billy is used to a wide range of different foods.
Kitten recall training progress
I also use training treats to reinforce my whistle or calling Billy by name. He responds immediately to either now.
I am also very strict with other family members to make sure they don’t use Billy’s name as a recall cue without reinforcing him for his great response.
He comes flying, wherever he is (or meows if he has got himself shut in a cupboard!), and whatever he is doing, and I don’t want this spoilt.
Preventing our kitten from escaping!
We have an ‘airlock’ system whereby regular visitors know that they mustn’t knock on the front door until they are safely in the porch with the porch door closed
This is a very good thing because Billy is becoming increasingly fascinated with ‘what is on the other side’
He tries very hard to slip out into the porch between our legs whenever the front door is opened!
And we try very hard to prevent him
Things a kitten can do with a box
One of Billy’s favorite things is still playing with packaging material.
This is the box my air purifier came in (another attempt to reduce the puffy face problem)
This box kept Billy amused for most of an entire day.
He even took a nap on the top!
Billy at sixteen weeks
Billy will be sixteen weeks old on 13th December. You can find out what sixteen week old kittens weigh and how much they need to eat below.
A while back, I bought a couple of Christmassy mice for Billy.
My original intention was to hang them on the Christmas tree
Yes I know, it was a silly idea. And likely to result in Billy deciding to start Christmas a bit early!
So today I gave him one to play with while I cleaned upstairs.
Billy thought it was brilliant, and spent a happy half hour getting to know it better on my bed!
Since he arrived here Billy has slept each night in his travel crate, which is on the floor in my office.
De-crating our kitten
He goes willingly into the crate each night – I place a few tiny pieces of kibble in there for him. He then purrs and kneads his vet bed as he settles down for the night.
Up until yesterday, we then closed the door and didn’t open it until we got up next morning at around 6am.
For a while now we’d been thinking about leaving the door open all night, so Billy could have free access to the whole of my office.
Kitten on the loose!
De-crating Billy is something we knew we would have to do at some point in any case, as Billy will be eventually be too big to be shut in there for the whole night.
The question was, should we do it now, or wait a little longer. And we finally decided that now is a good time.
Being free at night means that Billy will be able to choose where he sleeps, which will probably be the kitten cave on top of my desk. It also means he can get at his litter tray if he needs it during the night.
Kitten chewing cables?
My main concern was that there are two treadmills in the office with cables that we cannot completely prevent him from accessing.
I was worried that Billy might decide to gnaw through the cables and electrocute himself, or even cause some expensive damage.
Alternatively he might bounce around playing all night and keep us awake
However, Billy has shown no interest in the cables for some time, and we have left him shut in the office for a couple of hours on several occasions when we have been out, or had plumbers working in the house.
Happily, Billy seemed perfectly happy with the new arrangement last night, and made no attempt to rewire my treadmill desk or hold a midnight party.
Hopefully this trend will continue!
In addition to playing in boxes, Billy is crazy about chewing those cardboard tubes that come inside rolls of wrapping paper
So if he gets rowdy at night, I’ll leave him with one of those, and his toy mice, and hope that they will occupy him if he want to gnaw on something.
What do sixteen week old kittens weigh
Billy weighed in at 4 and a half pounds on my scales today. Again, they are only accurate to around the nearest half pound.
But I am continually surprised by how much he weighs because he isn’t remotely plump.
In fact he looks a bit on the skinny side to me. And you don’t have to press hard along his back to feel the knobbles on his spine
What do sixteen week old kittens eat?
Billy is already having the maximum recommended by the kitten food manufacturers. He is obviously going to be a fairly big cat though. Many sixteen week old kittens won’t need this much.
When I added the extra half ounce or so (25g) of lily’s kitchen to Billy’s breakfast, he had a slightly upset stomach
I starved him for half a day to settle his tum, and have gone back down to his previous rations of
- 1 tin thrive for breakfast – just over 2 and 1/2 ounces (75g)
- 1 pouch of James Wellbeloved or Royal Canin Kitten Instinctive for lunch – 3 ounces (85g)
- 3/4 of 1 tray of Lily’s kitchen – just over 2 and 1/2 ounches 75g for supper.
What I might do is find an alternative to Lily’s kitchen for his evening meal as it seems quite rich and it smells rather strong.
Hopefully Billy’s growth rate will start to slow down soon and he won’t need to eat his own body weight every five minutes for much longer!
How tall is a sixteen week old kitten?
I thought it would be interesting to try and measure Billy’s height.
This was tricky.
Each time I put the end of the tape measure on the floor he bent down to look at it.
So I couldn’t get a truly accurate measurement, but as a rough guide, Billy’s height at the shoulder is between 8 and 9 inches.
I had a lovely surprise this week. Lucy has made me a crochet version of Billy!
Isn’t he cute?
If you want to have a go at making a crochet kitten yourself – you can find the pattern over on her crochet website, together with a whole range of other gorgeous crochet toys
They are washable with child-safe eyes too.
If you decide to get busy with a crochet hook, do let us know how you get on!
Free Updates For Cat Lovers!
Our cat care articles, tips and fun facts, delivered to your inbox